MSI GTX 780 Ti Gaming 3 GB Review 121

MSI GTX 780 Ti Gaming 3 GB Review

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NVIDIA's latest addition to their lineup is the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Built around a fully unlocked GK110 Kepler GPU, it comes with 2880 shaders, which boosts the card's performance beyond that of the GTX Titan. Unlike the GTX Titan, which has 6 GB, the GTX 780 Ti comes with 3 GB, but that difference won't have an effect on even the latest titles.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is designed to be a gamer's card throughout. It has all the muscle any game could possibly need and has another thing going its way: better thermals. Despite the "GK110" featuring more transistors than "Hawaii" (7.08 billion vs. 6.20 billion) and, hence, a bigger die (561 mm² vs. 438 mm²), GK110-based products are inherently cooler because of higher "Kepler" micro-architecture performance-per-watt figures than AMD's "Graphics CoreNext," which translates into lower thermal density and, in turn, lower temperatures and less noise. Energy efficiency and fan noise are really the only tethers NVIDIA's high-end pricing is holding on to.

The MSI's GTX 780 Ti GAMING in this review is built using MSI's famous TwinFrozr thermal solution and comes with a large clock speed increase out of the box for maximum performance. Like other MSI Gaming products, it promises to be very quiet, which is something I'm looking forward to after seeing less than impressive noise results from GTX 780 Ti cards we reviewed earlier.

With a retail price of $710, it is also reasonably priced, just $10 more than the reference design and around $20 cheaper than the more "premium" custom GTX 780 Ti models on the market by other manufacturers.

GeForce GTX 780 Ti Market Segment Analysis
GTX 680
GTX 780
R9 290
R9 290X
HD 7990
GTX Titan
GTX 780 Ti


GTX 690
Shader Units15362304256028162x 20482688288028802x 1536
ROPs324864642x 324848482x 32
Graphics ProcessorGK104GK110HawaiiHawaii2x TahitiGK110GK110GK1102x GK104
Transistors3500M7100M6200M6200M2x 4310M7100M7100M7100M2x 3500M
Memory Size2048 MB3072 MB4096 MB4096 MB2x 3072 MB6144 MB3072 MB3072 MB2x 2048 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit384 bit512 bit512 bit2x 384 bit384 bit384 bit384 bit2x 256 bit
Core Clock1006 MHz+863 MHz+947 MHz1000 MHz1000 MHz837 MHz+876 MHz+1020 MHz+915 MHz+
Memory Clock1502 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1250 MHz1500 MHz1502 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz1502 MHz
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